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Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery is a new audio drama from HartLife NFP.

Releases every other week during season.

Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town's boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house's strange assortment of residents.

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A special bonus interstitial episode from Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery. Nota Bene: this episode is almost entirely dialogue free. This episode is binaural- meaning if you listen with headphones, you'll be able to hear the episode in three dimensions, rather than the regular stereo. You can still listen without headphones - but you'll get a different experience if you do! Content advisories for this episode can be found here. This episode features Michael Turrentine, Mark Soloff, Jeffrey Nils Gardner, and Marsha Harman. It was composed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, with phoebetor music by Mel Ruder.  Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner
Podcast Blackout

Podcast Blackout

2020-06-1004:311

Content warnings: police violence, racial violence, victims of hate crimes, white supremacy, and police violence.Read by: Shariba Rivers, Pat King, Alexander Danner, Ryan Schile, Bilal Dardai, Duo Yang, Eli McIlveen, Amelia Bethel, Joshua K. Harris, Michael Turrentine, Kathleen Hoil, Marsha Harman, Ele Matelan, Jeffrey Nils Gardner, and Eleanor Hyde. =================== Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2020. There will not be a new episode of Unwell today. Following the example and the words of Black Lives Matter Chicago, we call for an end to the state violence against and criminalization of Black communities through police forces, an unjust legal system, and federal, state, and local political organizations.  As the artists of HartLife NFP, we call on our fellow art makers in positions of institutional power and privilege to take concrete actions to make your institutions and artistic work explicitly and actively anti-racist.   We affirm our commitment to do the same here. We will interrogate ourselves when we have fallen short of this goal and recommit to do better every time.  The United States is a country founded on land stolen from indigenous peoples, built with the stolen labor and lives of enslaved Black people. We call especially on White listeners to reckon with this fact, today and every day.    The following list is both incomplete and horrifyingly long. These people were victims of hate crimes, police officers and of an unjust, white supremacist system. We say their names and we remember their lives. Tamir Rice Samuel Dubose Walter Scott Jordan Davis Tony McDade Dion Johnson Dante Parker Michelle Cusseax Laquan McDonald Richard Perkins Nathaniel Harris Pickett Benni Lee Tignor Miguel Espinal Michael Noel Kevin Mathews Bettie Jones Quintonio Legrier Keith Childress Jr Janet Wilson Randy Nelson Antronie Scott George Mann John Crawford III Ezell Ford Aaron Bailey Ronell Foster Stephon Clark Antwon Rose II Tanisha Anderson Alton Sterling Philando Castile Botham Jean Pamela Turner Akai Gurley Rumain Brisbon Trayvon Martin Jerame Reid Mathew Ajibade Frank Smart Alexia Christian Brendon Glenn Victor Manuel Larosa Jonathan Sanders Freddie Blue Joseph Mann Salvado Ellswood Albert Joseph Davis Darrius Steward Billy Ray Davis Michael Sabbie Brian Keith Day Christian Taylor Troy Robinson Natahsa McKenna Tony Robinson Anthony Hill Mya Hall Phillip White Eric Harris Walter Scott William Chapman II Asshams Pharoah Manley Felix Kumi Keith Harrison McLeod Junior Prosper LaMontez Jones Patterson Brown Dominic Hutchinson Anthony Ashford Alonzo Smith Tyree Crawford India Kager La’Vante Biggs Michael Lee Marshall Jamar Clark Wendell Celestine David Joseph Calin Roquemore Dyzhawn Perkins Christopher Davis Marco Loud Peter Gaines Torrey Robinson Darius Robinson Kevin Hicks Mary Truxillo Demarcus Semer Willie Tillman Terrill Thomas Sylville Smith Michael Brown Eric Garner Sandra Bland Fredie Gray Terrence Crutcher Paul O’Neal Alteria Woods Jordan Edwards Dominique Clayton Christopher Whitfield Christopher McCorvey Eric Reason Michael Lorenzo Dean Breonna Taylor Atatiana Jefferson Ahmaud Arbery Doug Lewis George Floyd Manuel Ellis Maurice Gordon Black Lives Matter.
We're excited to share this special episode originally released on the Unwell Patreon- if you'd like to hear more specials like this, join us at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp!Content warnings for this episode can be found here.A transcript for this episode can be found here.Thank you so much for listening, spreading the word, and helping us financially when you can.This episode features Krista D'Agostino as Hazel, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Marsha Harman as Dot, Linsey Falls as Jacob Tinley, and Pat King as Chauncy Warren.Written by Jim McDoniel, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, with recording engineering by Mel Ruder. Sound Design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner. Produced by Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner. With field recordings from Lapland Collection- "Only in Lapland."
As we continue to prepare for Season Three of Unwell, launching on February 17, we wanted to share another show we thought you might enjoy: Family Ghosts.Learn more and subscribe to Family Ghosts here: https://familyghostspodcast.com/Family Ghosts is a (mostly) nonfiction show where real people investigate the truth behind stories that have haunted their families for generations. These aren't ghosts like we see in Mt Absalom- mostly- - rather, they're apocryphal stories that have been repeated over and over for decades - grandmothers who turned out to be jewel smugglers, uncles who vanished without a trace, aunts who stole corpses and hid them in undisclosed locations, parents who started cults, and much, much more. In each episode of the show, someone who feels like they might understand themselves better if they could get to the bottom of one of these mysteries tries to do exactly that, in collaboration with host Sam Dingman. I think you can see why we're so excited to share an episode of Family Ghosts here on the feed- it sounds like Lily could have been part of her own episode of the show. Family Ghosts has just launched their fourth season with a three-episode miniseries about a woman named Kate whose father mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night in September 1987. From the industrial truck farms of East Baltimore to the newsrooms of New York City to Mount St. Helens, Kate's story has all the twists and turns of a Mt Absalom legend, but the real journey is Kate's own attempt to understand not just what she wants to know, but why she feels like she can't rest until she knows it. If you like the episode you hear today, you can hear all three parts in the Family Ghosts feed. Give it a listen, and go subscribe today!
The Voicemail

The Voicemail

2019-01-1402:50

HartLife NFP is thrilled to bring you the very first trailer for our new flagship show- Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, coming in February 2019. A transcript for this trailer is available here. Content warnings for this trailer can be found here. Find out more by following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/unwellpodcast, on tumblr at http://unwellpodcast.tumblr.com, or on our website at www.unwellpodcast.com. This trailer features Shariba Rivers as Lily Harper, Clint Worthington as Charlie, Krista D'Agostino as Melody, and Sebastian Orr as Jamie, with additional contributions by Ryan Schile. Michael Turrentine and Kathleen Hoil. This trailer was written by Jeffrey Gardner and Jim McDoniel, with music and recording engineering by DJ Catnip, and sound design by Jeffrey Gardner.
Welcome to Mt. Absalom

Welcome to Mt. Absalom

2019-01-1902:08

Our second trailer for the upcoming Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery- coming to your podcast feed February 2019. Welcome to Mt. Absalom. A Transcript of this trailer can be found here. Content advisories for this trailer can be found here. This trailer was written by Jim McDoniel, with sound design by Hannah Foerschler, and directed by Jeffrey Gardner. The trailer features David Rheinstrom, Marsha Harman, Jeffrey Gardner, Nathaniel Ewert-Krocker, Kat Evans, Abby Doud, Krista D'Agostino, Ele Matelan, Pat King. Phoebetor by Mel Ruder. Unwell lead sound design by Ryan Schile. Unwell Executive Producers, Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner.
From the audio notes of Abbie Douglas [They/them], PhD candidate in History (with a focus in urban planning) on the Fenwood Boarding House in Mt. Absalom, Ohio. A transcript of this trailer can be found here. Content advisories for this trailer can be found here. Performed by Kathleen Hoil, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, written by Jim McDoniel, with sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner. Unwell lead sound designer, Ryan Schile. HartLife NFP Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner.
1.01- Homecoming

1.01- Homecoming

2019-02-2021:19

Lily Harper comes “home.”===Content Advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Clint Worthington as Russel, Bethany Hart as Cynthia, LaQuin Groves as Dale, Mark Soloff as an old man on the edge of town, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Pat King as Chester, Sebastian Orr as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED]. Voices by Alex Brown, Jeff Van Dreason, Eric Silver, Julia Schifini, Amanda McSweene-Geehan, Michelle Nickolaisen, Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Miscagave and Bridge Greene.Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.02-The Diner

1.02-The Diner

2019-02-2126:34

In which food becomes an issue.===Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, LaQuin Groves as Dale, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Sebastian Orr as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED].Written by Jessica Wright Buha, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, Music on the radio by Stardusk Encounter, Sadie and the Stark, and Action Camp, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.03- The Pageant

1.03- The Pageant

2019-02-2229:52

In which some history is learned.===Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Krista D’Agostino as Hazel, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Abby Doud as Mason, Kat Evans as Stacy, Jeffrey Gardner as Dylan.Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Mischa Stanton, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon and Jessica Best, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.04- Rifled

1.04- Rifled

2019-03-0628:451

In which several things are lost and others are found.===Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Michael Turrentine as Wes, and Tara Schile as Emily. Written by Jessica Wright Buha, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.05- Voyager

1.05- Voyager

2019-03-2028:45

In which new avenues are explored and old stories are rediscovered.===Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Isa Ramos as Spikes, and Michael Turrentine as Wes.Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.06- Storm

1.06- Storm

2019-04-0328:57

In which we meet another resident and delve deeper into the house.===Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Joshua K Harris as Rudy, and Michael Turrentine as Wes.Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Anna Rodriguez with Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.07- Research Project

1.07- Research Project

2019-05-2919:55

In which Lily hunts for secrets and Abbie flaunts the (library) law.---Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Krista D'Agostino as Hazel, and Michael Turrentine as Wes.Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
1.08 - Pack Animals

1.08 - Pack Animals

2019-06-1224:011

In which the Woods are dangerous and Wes is found.---Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Joshua K Harris as Rudy, Mark Soloff as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED], Sebastian H. Orr as [REDACTED], and Michael Turrentine as Wes.Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Sarah D. Espinoza, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
In which we explore Mt. Absalom and visit some dangerous places.Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Joshua K Harris as Rudy, Gaby Labotka as Sylvia, and Pat King as Chester.Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
In which Abbie’s work is interrupted and the pipes (and nerves) are rattled.Content advisories for this episode can be found here.You can read a transcript for this episode here.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, and Michael Turrentine as Wes.Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Hannah Foerschler, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
In which the town celebrates and painful truths are revealed.---Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Joshua K. Harris as Rudy, Marsha Harman as Dot, Christopher J. Wilson as Tony, Jillian Leff as Selene, Lisa Burton as Marsha, Michael Turrentine as Wes, and Cara Ehlenfeldt, Vishnu Venugopal, Mel Ruder, Eleanor Hyde, and Philip Gaissert as festival attendees. The Stalks are Sadie Rogers, Joe Griffin, Clayton Faits, Dan Schaeffer, and David Schaeffer. Wes’s Banjo and the Curly Stem String Band songs are by Gunnar Jebsen The Third Street Warblers are Randy Palmer, Merri Palmer, Betsey Palmer, and Jeffrey Nils GardnerWritten by Jessica Wright Buha, sound design by Alexander Danner, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
In which the plot thickens and danger emerges.Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here.Unwell Season Two- coming January 2020.This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Marsha Harman as Dot, Priya Mohanty as Dr. Alicia Laramie, Christopher J. Wilson as Tony, Jillian Leff as Selene, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Pat King as Chester, Mark Soloff as [REDACTED], Sebastian Orr as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED].“John the Revelator” is a traditional song, performed by Michael Turrentine, with backing vocals by Betsey Palmer and Jeffrey Nils Gardner Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
Beware the one in the night. We're so excited to announce the launch of Season Two of Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery on January 8, 2020! If you'll be in Boston on Sunday, October 20th please join us at PodTales, a free audio fiction expo where you can meet members of the Unwell team and hear us talk about community building, audio directing, and more on a variety of panels through the day! Learn more at https://podtales.org/ If you want to hear special between-season episodes and support Unwell, consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp A transcript for this trailer is available here. Content warnings for this trailer can be found here. This trailer features Marsha Harman, Jordan Cobb, Kristen DiMercurio, Clayton Faits, Julia Schifini, Ryan Schile, and Anuja Vaidya, and was written by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, with music by Mel Ruder and sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner.
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nh navs

I'm almost done with season 1. It's INCREDIBLY boring and unengaging. I'm not one to leave things unfinished, so I'll push through the end of the season in the name of just getting it done, but it'sreally like having to sit at the table until I eat my peas. If they manage to change this from just couple of insufferably woke Millennials having unnatural, inauthentic conversations in the home of (really poorly written and acted) boarding house owner, I'll update.

Apr 12th
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Mila Schneider

I can't wait for the new episode I'm totally hooked!

Apr 8th
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DrBreakspeare

4:37 for start. Christ -.-'

Apr 1st
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Daniel Clayton

Not a great listen but the overly “woke” saturation that was constantly thrown out made it not worth the listen... thanks for the reminder every episode of the “occupied lands” notice...

Mar 30th
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DrBreakspeare

5:40 for start of episode. -.-'

Mar 18th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

aw, poor Wes! Hope he comes back to his friends.

Mar 3rd
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Elena Chavez

Did their voices change?

Mar 1st
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This show feels like HOME. I just wish I could binge the entire series in one go. It's so good!

Feb 18th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

CANNOT WAIT FOR NEW SEASON!!! :)

Feb 7th
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Amelia W

Dot ♥️♥️😭😭😭😭

Feb 4th
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Michael Aaron Cabe

great shiw

Jan 17th
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The Sweet Shop

I've never died laughing at a credit sequence but I guess there's a first time for everything

Dec 15th
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Erica Best

so good! I started this yesterday and I'm already on episode 7. had to start a whole new project for an excuse to keep listening.

Nov 27th
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Raj Blueheart

Note, add new column to spreadsheet. 😂👍🏻

Nov 8th
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Raj Blueheart

I sensed a strong Twin Peaks vibe with this episode. Chills and suspense and horror and quirkiness ❤️❤️❤️

Nov 4th
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ID15102367

All lives matter and I will never apologize for being born white!

Oct 15th
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Dryad

I'm not really sure what the purpose of telling us about the land was?

Sep 4th
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Dryad

I'm excited to start! I don't see a lot of midwestern horror. Or fiction in general that doesn't misrepresent us as a bunch of dumb rednecks. Hopefully this won't be one! It sounds interesting.

Sep 4th
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Olivia Lane

what in the world is happening (in a good way)

Aug 29th
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Alexis Maschke

oh boy we're really hitting the horror beats, and i love it.

Aug 17th
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